Make the Most of Your At-Home Christmas

This holiday season is going to look a little different for most of us however; there are still some ways to have some fun this holiday season from the comfort and safety of your own home! 

Stay up to Date with Santa’s Reindeer

Check out what Santa’s reindeer are up to as they prepare for the big night with Reindeer Cam

Candy Cane Hunt around the House

Another fun idea is a candy cane hunt! Add an extra special touch by getting extended family on Zoom or Facetime to read clues to the kiddos so you can still spend some time with family if they can’t be physically present. 

Watch All Your Favorite Movies

Create your very own movie night and watch as many Christmas movies as your holly jolly  heart can handle. 

Camp Out under the Christmas Tree

End your night of holiday fun by camping out under your Christmas tree and add in a cup of cocoa (or two). 

We hope you and your family are still able to find the magic and spirit of Christmas this holiday season. From all of us at CWJR, we wish you a Merry Christmas!

Sensory/Tactile and Play with Snow

It is that time of year where the weather is colder and snow is falling. With that in mind, it may be hard for your child to tolerate touching the snow or playing outside with all the winter gear on. Here are some ideas on things to do to help increase your child’s engagement and tolerance with outdoor winter activities.

Snow Tolerance

  • Start with tolerance of touching with gloves on for a period of time and progress to without gloves with supervision to not freeze hands. 
  • Make a sensory bin with fake or real snow toys/small items placed inside for fine motor
    • Fake snow can be found at the dollar store
  • Perform fun activities! 
    • Build a snowman
    • Have a snowball fight 
    • Make snow angels
  • Important to remember:
    • Never progress to next level of tolerance until previous level is achieved without avoidance.
    • Consult w ith your Occupational Therapist with any questions or concerns. 

Winter Gear Tolerance

  • Begin with tolerance of items being in room for period of time
  • Progress to timed trials of winter gear on-progressing to more time only when achieved 3 consecutive trials
    • Make it fun! Engage with winter related bins or fun games outside with the snow
  • If presenting with decreased tolerance with wearing gloves or hats, try consulting with your Occupational Therapist on performing hand mapping, face mapping and tactile protocol for increased awareness

We hope you stay safe and have fun out there in the snow! It is a great way to explore and progress with creativity and play!

If you or a loved one is in need of Occupational Therapy, call us todat at 586-323-2957 to set up your FREE 30 minute screening.

Heavy Work

As many kids continue with virtual learning, parents may find that they are having an increasingly difficult time focusing on school work. Occupational therapists often use a strategy referred to as “heavy work” to help promote regulation, calming, and focus.

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We all know that frequent handwashing is the best way for us to avoid getting sick. Germs that cause the cold or the flu spread quickly if you touch our eyes, nose, or mouth so it’s important to keep your hands clean.

Below are the 5 steps for effective handwashing

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CWJR’s Commitment Amongst COVID-19 Concerns

With the rising numbers of COVID-19 throughout the state of Michigan, CWJR wants to assure you that the health and safety of our patients remain at the forefront of all that we do. 

To reinforce that commitment, our staff continue to undergo intensive training based on CDC recommendations in order to clean our equipment and provide the proper equipment to eliminate the spread of germs. 

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Physical Therapists Adapt to Keep Clinics Safe

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to be in the thoughts of many people. However, other health issues have not gone away. People are still getting back and neck pain, overuse injuries and hurt while at work. With concerns for both individual and loved one’s health remains a concern which keeps patients from seeking treatment.

PT clinics are a busy place with lots of people coming and going but now things are different. Here are some common changes CWJR has made to minimize the spread of COVID-19.

Patient Flow

  • Stopped utilizing our waiting room. Instead, our patients wait in their vehicles and call the front office when they arrive
  • CWJR is utilizing separate entry and exit points


  • CWJR screens patients and staff as they enter the building using questions, temperature checks, or other means
  • CWJR has designated areas for each clinician and their patients to reduce contact between different groups of people
  • Telehealth has become an option when appropriate for patients to reduce the number of patients physically present in the clinic

Our therapists are medical professionals who are trained to deal with infectious diseases including COVID-19. These changes have been implemented in order to continue delivering services while keeping staff and patients safe.

If you are in need of PT treatment, but are hesitant to go into the clinic, give your PT a call and talk about what policies and procedures they have in place. This is a time of uncertainty, but people are reacting with flexibility and creativity. Don’t let concerns over COVID keep you in pain or from the treatment you need.

CWJR’s Commitment to Flexibility

Back to school has a whole new meaning right now. Some may be returning to a physical classroom and some may be returning to the kitchen table to learn via ZOOM. No matter how your family is planning to go back to school, CWJR knows that therapy remains an important part of your child’s routine. As uncertainty continues around the upcoming school year, we know that family schedules are up in the air. 

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Girls with ADHD

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is commonly found in children at an early age and is not gender specific. However, studies have shown that ADHD is 2-3 times more likely to occur in boys than in girls. Since there is a difference in the amount of research and treatment that is specific to boys, the impact of ADHD in girls is not as understood. 

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